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MONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News)
Obesity has been linked with difficulty conceiving, as well as pregnancy complications and loss. Many women who are obese and want to get pregnant are advised to lose weight to improve their likelihood of having a healthy baby.
“Although it differs from current clinical standards of care, there’s just not enough evidence to recommend preconception weight loss in women with obesity and unexplained infertility,” said study leader Dr. Richard Legro, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.
This study included more than 300 U.S. women who were obese and had unexplained infertility. They were divided into two groups. One group stepped up their physical activity and received guided weight loss featuring meal replacements and medication. The other group increased their physical activity but received no guided weight loss.
Researchers noted that though losing weight may not improve the likelihood that a woman who is obese will have a healthy baby, doing so may provide other health benefits.
About 40% of U.S. women between 20 and 40 years of age are obese.
SOURCE: Penn State, news release, Jan. 18, 2022
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